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Big Brown Returns to Track Wednesday
Trainer Rick Dutrow, still fighting a heavy cough, was back at the track Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs supervising his 12-horse string in Louisville headlined by Big Brown winner of last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).
“I’m doing all right; it’s just all that dirt that Big Brown kicked up in my lungs,” Dutrow said with a laugh.
Big Brown, owned by IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr., is scheduled to return to the track in the morning to jog and resume galloping on Thursday.
“That’s the plan right now,” Dutrow said. “Looks like he came out of the race real good. He will ship to Pimlico next Wednesday the 14th.”
The victory in the Kentucky Derby was the fourth in as many races for Big Brown, who boosted his career bankroll to $2,114,500 with his 4 ¾-length victory in the mile and a quarter Kentucky Derby.
PLANS FOR RECAPTURETHEGLORY REMAIN ON HOLD – Co-owner Ronnie Lamarque said from New Orleans on Tuesday morning that he and trainer and co-owner Louie Roussel III were “still thinking about the Preakness.”
Lamarque’s main concern is the potential size of the field that figures to include Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown and up to possibly seven other new shooters on the Triple Crown trail.
Lara Van Deren, assistant trainer and exercise rider for Recapturetheglory, said the Cherokee Run colt is doing well after his fifth-place finish behind Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby and would return to the track in the morning to jog.
Plans call for Recapturetheglory to remain at Churchill Downs until a decision is made on the colt’s next start.
TRES BORRACHOS TO WORK WEDNESDAY – Third-place Arkansas Derby (Grade II) finisher Tres Borrachos galloped a mile and five-eighths after the renovation break at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning with Andy Durnin up.
Trainer Beau Greely, who owns the Ecton Park colt in partnership with John Greely IV and Phil Houchens, was scheduled to arrive in Louisville later Tuesday with Tres Borrachos scheduled to work Wednesday morning.
Tres Borrachos arrived at Churchill Downs from Oaklawn Park on April 14, and Wednesday’s work will be his third under the Twin Spires.
Tres Borrachos likely will ship to Pimlico on May 14.
“I may have had my wires crossed a bit yesterday, and it wouldn’t be the first time,” Durnin said with a laugh. “But I think he is going to ship next week after he works. Beau did the same thing with Borrego (after Borrego ran 10th in the 2004 Kentucky Derby) and stayed here until the Wednesday before the Preakness.”
Borrego ran seventh in the Preakness that year behind Smarty Jones.
MELANCHOLY MORNING FOR STUTTS – Shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, a solitary figure made his way toward the fence near the 5 ½-furlong gap on the backstretch.
It was Bennie Stutts Jr.
“I just wanted to give the Twin Spires one last look and breathe some of this Kentucky air,” said Stutts, 70. “I don’t know that I’ll ever get back.”
Stutts had been here for a little more than two weeks with Mount Joy Stables’ Smooth Air, who ran 11th in the Kentucky Derby.
“My horse leaves at 10 this morning going back home to South Florida and I will fly out after he leaves,” Stutts said. “Being here has been a humbling experience.”
Smooth Air came out of the Derby in good shape according to Stutts.
“Dr. (Phil) Tripp went over him and everything is fine and I don’t think everybody (that ran in the Derby) can say that,” Stutts said. “There are plenty of Derbies out there. Pete Anderson had a horse last year that couldn’t get in the Kentucky Derby (Delightful Kiss), but he still won Derbies in Ohio and Iowa. There’s nothing wrong with $500,000 races.”
A bit later, Stutts made one more walk to the track, but he was not alone. His companion was Carl Nafzger, trainer of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and recent inductee into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.
BARN TALK – Trainer James Baker said Tuesday morning that he would like to run Tom Walters’ Elite Squadron in Churchill Downs Aristides (GIII) at six furlongs on May 31. “That’s if I still have him,” Baker said. “There have been a lot of offers.”
Elite Squadron won the seven-furlong Grade II Churchill Downs Stakes last Saturday, an effort that came on the heels of a runner-up effort in the Grade II Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland in April. …
Trainer Neil Howard said that the May 16 Black-Eyed Susan (GII) at Pimlico remains under consideration for Briarwood Stable’s Highest Class.
Third in the Bonnie Miss (GII) in her most recent start on March 29, Highest Class has worked twice at Keeneland and twice at Churchill Downs in the interim, the most recent being a five-eighths work in 1:02 last Friday.
WORK TAB – Maggi Moss’ top sprinter Indian Chant worked a bullet five-eighths in :58.60 for trainer Tom Amoss on Tuesday morning. The move was accomplished over a “fast” track. … Also working five furlongs was Bruce Lunsford’s dual graded-stakes winner Tessa Blue, who covered the distance in 1:01.80 for trainer Frank Brothers. The move was the 18th fastest of 36 at the distance.